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Growing Innovations in Rural Sites of Learning: Learning Together Elluminate meeting #2 – December, 2011. Setting the Stage for the meeting. Introduction and opening remarks – Linda Farr Darling Goals for the meeting – Pat Dooley. Goals for the Meeting.

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Growing innovations in rural sites of learning learning together elluminate meeting 2 december 2011

Growing Innovations in Rural Sites of Learning: Learning Together

Elluminate meeting #2 – December, 2011


Setting the stage for the meeting

Setting the Stage for the meeting

  • Introduction and opening remarks – Linda Farr Darling

  • Goals for the meeting – Pat Dooley


Goals for the meeting

Goals for the Meeting

  • To continue to provide a forum for sharing and learning between Growing Innovations project leaders

  • To report on and respond to some themes and challenges identified by site supports after initial site visits.

  • To provide initial thoughts regarding the May 5 Learning Symposium.

  • To hear from Project leaders about successes, connections, new steps and future plans.

  • To lay out plans for future support and learning.


Hearing from project leaders

Hearing from project leaders

  • Introductions and reflections on your project:

    a) share one success you have had to date

    and/or

    b) talk about a connection you have made with another project leader or school as a result of Growing Innovations.

  • Comments by site facilitators


Site facilitators meeting some themes from site visits

SITE FACILITATORS’ MEETING: Some Themes from Site Visits

  • Emerging stories re impacts on students: innovations are working for individual learners.

  • Experiential learning common to several projects:

  • Aboriginal learners are focus of several projects

  • Some dialogue re changing role of teachers, including making changes to pedagogy as result of innovation.

  • Planning process and reflecting on “innovation in process” crucial to success of projects:


Report on site facilitators meeting november 28

REPORT ON SITE FACILITATORS’ MEETING: (November 28)

  • Curriculum being redefined/developed in several projects

  • Changing nature of relationships/blurring boundaries between school and community

  • Student ownership, initiative, and engagement through relevant experiences are key aspects of several projects.

  • Growing evidence of school connecting with and learning from other schools: Adult collaboration common

  • Use of technology common to many projects.


Site facilitators meeting some questions and challenges

Site Facilitators’ meeting: Some questions and challenges

  • May 5: need to clarify expectations

  • Assessment – artifacts and how to assess impact of project

  • Sustainability: not as simplistic as a start and end to projects

  • Clarity needed re money and when it needs to be spent.


Growing innovations learning symposium may 5

Growing Innovations Learning Symposium (May 5)

  • Not like a science fair

  • About the process of planning and learning

  • Will include some time all together, some time in clusters and/or other small groups to share learning

  • Focus on process and products as appropriate

  • Framework re what to prepare will follow in March Elluminate session or sooner?

  • Funding for one project leader per site; one other may be welcome at district expense.

  • Celebrate and community building: thinking, learning, reflecting…and a RECEPTION!


Assessing impact of innovation

Assessing impact of innovation

  • Some artifacts to share (e.g. SD#60 Project Based Learning rubrics; Critique self and peer assessment process, etc.)

  • Important to use observation, interviews, and strategies that focus on individual students and groups of students.

  • Consider concept of “narrative” inquiry (referred to in Leadership Mindsets by Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser)


Inquiry questions before directions

Inquiry: Questions Before Directions

  • Narrative

  • Appreciative

  • Problem-based

  • Reflective

  • Spiral of Inquiry


Forms of inquiry

Forms of Inquiry

  • Narrative - what is the dominant story? Who are the heroes? Villains? Themes?

    “Stories are not only the way in which we come to ascribe significance to experiences … but also they are one of the primary means through which we constitute our very selves … we become who we are through telling stories about our lives and living the stories we tell.”

    Source: Halbert and Kaser


Implications growing innovations

Implications: Growing Innovations

  • How can you tell stories of the impact of the innovation on individual students and groups of students?

    a) quantitative data – surveys, rubrics, pre and post assessments

    b) qualitative data – interviews, individual stories


Other questions

Other questions

  • Projects do not need to end or reach closure at the end of the year: Desire to consider ways to sustain innovation and look at what can be transferred to other sites, settings, groups of students.

  • Money does not need to be spent by June.

  • A progress report of some sort will be needed (simple with framework provided


Other questions1

Other questions…..

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Hearing from project leaders and site facilitators

Hearing from Project Leaders and Site Facilitators

  • What is your next step with your project?

  • Have you thought about ways to sustain your work, what might be transferable to others schools, projects, cohorts of students, etc.?


Learning together

Learning Together

  • Artifacts with permission to share

    a) Assessment tools (critique, rubrics on products and assessment for learning)

    b) Pictures and permissions

    c) Videos

    www.ruralteachers.com (FORUM FOR SHARING)

    Above to [email protected] and/or [email protected]


Further support and learning

Further Support and Learning

  • A )continued contact with site supporter, including requests for support

  • B) help with literature review (Cal Heer) via site supporter (eg nature K models)

  • C) framework to use to plan for May.

  • D) March elluminate meetings organized to accommodate Spring Breaks

  • E) Use of website to post resources, pictures, etc.

  • F) continued analysis of collaborative learning models


Professional learning communities key concepts

Professional Learning Communities: Key Concepts

  • Impact: John Hattie in Visible Learning (a synthesis of what we know about the most effective forms of teaching.

  • Student achievement is improved when teachers work together in collaborative teams to:

  • Clarify what students must learn

  • Gather evidence of student learning

  • Analyze that evidence

  • Identify the most powerful teaching strategies


Thought to frame the day

Thought to Frame the Day

  • Schools are in the business of teaching and learning…and if they would learn to learn from each other their future would be secured.

    • Paraphrased from Michael Fullan, OISE


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